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Jacob Marley’s Ghost

Michael Fridgen

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Jacob Marley’s Ghost

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I have a soft spot for Dickens—especially “A Christmas Carol.” So when I saw this novel about Jacob Marley’s backstory I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed.

It does not have the feel of a Dickens novel or “A Christmas Carol” but that is in no way a bad thing. It has an atmosphere and feeling all its own that lends an interesting background to the characters of the story.

Jacob Marley is living a satisfying, if not abundant, life with his loving father and neglectful and abusive mother. His mother is an alcoholic and addicted to opium. His father is the lone caring, loving figure in his life. Jacob comes home one day to learn his father has died and that he needs to work to support the family. Instead, he is sold into slavery and shipped off to work on a church in France.

The story takes off from there and fills in some details about Marley’s life. Although it is difficult by the end to figure out how these details led him to his circumstances in “A Christmas Carol,” it is still a compelling story and quick read.

If you are looking for some answers about Jacob Marley’s history, this book is of limited help. If you are looking for a good story, with interesting characters and plot, and many allusions to some of Dickens’ other works, then this is a great book to pick up. This is a great book to buy for anyone you love who enjoys “A Christmas Carol.”

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